(Backdated to Sunday to make the transplant dates work. Written on Monday June 11, 2012).
On Friday there was more rain and another batch of hail. The gardens are really suffering. Spinach which looked great a week ago is yellowed and bolting, the tomatoes are yellowed (and it rained before I could get them all staked, so I am crossing my fingers and hoping that my emergency staking and pruning will protect them from blight), beans and seedlings are torn up, and the soil was super wet until today.
Given that I have maybe 100 more frost free days (with some emergency row cover application if necessary) I felt I had no choice this weekend but to work the wet soil. On Saturday I managed to get the tiller to work: after clearing long weeds I tilled the beds which held beans/peas in 2011. I also tilled over the area that I had dug by hand and the space which I had previously tilled after a heavy rainfall.
On Sunday I hilled the soil up to make beds for corn, squash and greens (in the spot where the beans/peas were last year.) I also hilled up 50’ long raised beds in the dug & tilled area. Then I transplanted the peppers and eggplants. At the end of the eggplant row I planted the ‘Kakai Hulless’ pumpkins.
Today (Monday) I got up at 5:30 and worked in the garden until about 10:30. By which time it was 27 with a humidex of 33. I planted pickling cucumbers, three kinds of watermelon, corn, and winter squash. We’re supposed to get 5mm of rain tomorrow which I hope will be just enough to water the transplants and the seeds, but not so much as to flood the garden.
Gallus gallus domesticus
Columbine, Mauve (Wintersown) Blooming
Poppy 'Shirley Double' (Wintersown) Blooming
Kale - 2012 Under Attack
Brassica oleracea (Acephala Group)
Looking sad from all the rain
Bean, Bush 'Royal Burgundy' (2012) Under Attack